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[wur-ee, wuhr-ee]
verb (used without object), worried, worrying.
to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill.
verb (used with object), worried, worrying.
to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
to seize, especially by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.
to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.
noun, plural worries.
a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble.
act of worrying.
Fox Hunting. the action of the hounds in tearing to pieces the carcass of a fox.
Verb phrases
worry along/through, Informal. to progress or succeed by constant effort, despite difficulty: to worry through an intolerable situation.
no worries, Informal. Don’t be troubled; it is of no concern: If you can’t make it to the party, no worries. Also, not to worry.

before 900; Middle English weryen, werwen, wyrwyn to strangle, bite, harass, Old English wyrgan to strangle; cognate with German würgen

worrier, noun
worriless, adjective
worryingly, adverb

3. tease, harry, hector, badger, disquiet. Worry, annoy, harass all mean to disturb or interfere with someone's comfort or peace of mind. To worry is to cause anxiety, apprehension, or care: to worry one's parents. To annoy is to vex or irritate by continued repetition of interferences: to annoy the neighbors. Harass implies long-continued worry and annoyance: Cares of office harass a president. 6. apprehension, solicitude, disquiet, misgiving, fear. See concern.
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worry (ˈwʌrɪ)
vb (often foll by away) (when intr, foll by at) , -ries, -rying, -ried
1.  to be or cause to be anxious or uneasy, esp about something uncertain or potentially dangerous
2.  (tr) to disturb the peace of mind of; bother: don't worry me with trivialities
3.  (intr; often foll by along or through) to proceed despite difficulties
4.  to struggle or work: to worry away at a problem
5.  (tr) (of a dog, wolf, etc) to lacerate or kill by biting, shaking, etc
6.  to bite, tear, or gnaw (at) with the teeth: a dog worrying a bone
7.  (tr) to move as specified, esp by repeated pushes: they worried the log into the river
8.  (tr) to touch or poke repeatedly and idly
9.  obsolete to choke or cause to choke
10.  informal not to worry you need not worry
n , -ries, -rying, -ried, -ries
11.  a state or feeling of anxiety
12.  a person or thing that causes anxiety
13.  an act of worrying
14.  informal no worries an expression used to express agreement or to convey that something is proceeding or has proceeded satisfactorily; no problem
[Old English wyrgan; related to Old Frisian wergia to kill, Old High German wurgen (German (er)würgen to strangle), Old Norse virgill, urga rope]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wyrgan "to strangle," from W.Gmc. *wurgijanan (cf. M.Du. worghen, Du. worgen, O.H.G. wurgen, Ger. würgen "to strangle," O.N. virgill "rope"), from PIE *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). The oldest sense was obs. in Eng. after c.1600; meaning "annoy, bother, vex," first
recorded 1671, developed from that of "harass by rough or severe treatment" (1553), as of dogs or wolves attacking sheep. Meaning "to cause mental distress or trouble" is attested from 1822; intrans. sense of "to feel anxiety or mental trouble" is first recorded 1860.

1804, from worry (v.). Worrisome is first recorded 1845. Worry wart first recorded 1956, from comic strip "Out Our Way" by U.S. cartoonist J.R. Williams (1888-1957). According to those familiar with the strip, Worry Wart was the name of a character who caused others to worry,
which is the inverse of the current colloq. meaning.
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